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2021 BMW 4-Series vs. Its Competition

2021 BMW 4-Series
Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

The compact coupe competition is largely limited to German automakers, but if you open your mind to the possibilities of four doors, then things get pretty messy.

The Audi A5 edges the 4-Series in looks and comfort, but doesn’t have the extensive options list.

The Mercedes-Benz C300 outdoes them both, with superlative handling, extensive features, and trendsetting style.

The Lexus RC is the little coupe that couldn’t compete with the Germans, though the V-6 in the RC 350 is no slouch.

It comes with more features for the price, but less cachet.

For cachet, check out the 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and its striking Italian curves and swoonable performance, but disappointing interior.

The darkhorse of the bunch is the Genesis G70 sedan; if there were no badges and no preconceived notions, it would hold its own at a significantly lower price.

2021 BMW 4-Series2021 BMW 4-Series
2021 Audi A5 Sportback2021 Audi A5
#5 in Coupes
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2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class2020 Mercedes-Benz C Class
#3 in Coupes
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2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio2020 Alfa Romeo GiuliaGet Your Price2020 Genesis G702020 Genesis G70Get Your Price
Quick Specs
The luxury coupe gets longer, stronger, and loaded with more features.
7.0
Spin the bottle, hit the 2021 Audi A5 convertible, coupe, or hatchback, and you’re a winner. They’re all good-looking.
7.3
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is as gorgeous inside as it is outside, and it has moves to match.
6.8
The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia combines agility and power in a sensuous Italian package.
6.7
Don’t tell the 2020 Genesis G70 it’s new to the luxury sedan game, it’s a genuine contender already.
MSRP From    
N/A$41,800$41,400$39,400$35,450
Gas Mileage    
19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine    
N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
N/ASubcompact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name    
N/APremium 40 TFSI quattroC 300 SedanRWD2.0T RWD
Drivetrain    
N/AAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
N/A5555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
N/Aquattro SportbackSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
N/AAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2021 BMW 4-Series vs. 2021 Audi A52021 BMW 4-Series vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz C Class2021 BMW 4-Series vs. 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia2021 BMW 4-Series vs. 2020 Genesis G70